Centering Pregnancy includes one-on-one time with a provider; however, it goes beyond the traditional prenatal care visit by taking pregnant people out of the exam room and into a comfortable, welcoming group setting. There, you learn how to take your blood pressure and record your own health data. You also engage in discussions about the importance of good nutrition and exercise and how to manage stress, and you can get answers to your questions about labor, delivery, and more. During the 10-month program, you will develop bonds with others in your group and become better equipped for childbirth and how to care for your child.
Research Shows Centering Pregnancy Works
This approach to care was developed in the 1990s and is now used by more than 500 health systems globally. Research shows the program reduces the risk of complications that can be associated with pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, premature deliveries, babies born with low birth weights, and postpartum depression. It also improves breastfeeding success and emphasizes the importance of well-care visits for your growing child.
Low- to Moderate-Risk Pregnancy Care
While many of the people who participate in the program have low-risk pregnancies, people with conditions such as obesity or diabetes that put them at moderate risk for complications may also attend. If your pregnancy is considered moderate-risk, our providers connect you with Duke high-risk pregnancy specialists to ensure your pregnancy progresses safely.
The program welcomes everyone who wants a pregnancy experience that includes a sense of community and empowerment, where everyone is welcome, respected, and appreciated, First-time mothers and shy people who are less likely to ask their doctors questions feel comfortable in the group setting. Research shows low-income families, people who speak limited or no English, and Black women who have a higher rate of a preterm pregnancy also benefit from Centering Pregnancy.
People who attend a certain number of sessions will receive free equipment for their participation. Depending on how many sessions you attend, you may be eligible to receive one or more of the following: baby clothes bundle, safe-sleep bundle, baby carrier, car seat, or pack ‘n play.